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Businesswoman working from home

I was recently a guest on the Modern Lawyer podcast hosted by Casetext VP of Business Development Anand Upadhye. In the course of our conversation, we discussed the very real possibility that, even after the economy reopens, Big Law will shift to a mostly remote workforce. I related the story that a person in senior management at an Am Law 200 firm told me recently that, even pre-pandemic, law firm offices functioned predominantly as a recruiting tool to attract the best attorneys. There was a time when law firms hosted clients regularly, but, as this person put it, “When do you ever see clients at law firms anymore?” I, for one, still believe in the value of a downtown skyscraper. A firm’s office gives clients the feeling that they are hiring an established trustworthy business, not some fly-by-night mom and pop shop. But the diminishing value of a ritzy ditzy downtown office is significant enough that it could create a groundswell of support to keep flexible work policies in place moving forward.

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